Tuesday, August 25, 2009

8/25, Beloit 4, Cougars 6

The Cougars won their third game in a row, all against the Beloit Snappers. This time they would win 6-4, after coming from behind in the sixth inning with three runs. The three errors the Snappers had helped win the game for the Cougars.

Shawn Haviland started and lasted into the sixth inning. He really pitch ok, he would give up six hits and four runs. One of those runs would be on the second hitter of the game. Aaron Hicks took Haviland deep to right field. The next three innings went well, he would give up two hits. Haviland would give up two runs in the fifth.

Haviland led off by hitting Nate Hanson with a pitch. Dominic De La Osa then doubled to right center. Jeremy Barfield kicked the ball around a little, De La Osa ended up with a double. Angel Morales would then single to left to score Hanson. James Beresford doubled down the left field line. De La Osa scored. Morales overran the base at third and would be out. That would still leave Beresford at second with one out. Haviland then walked Hicks. Ramon Santana lined out hard to center. Danny Rams grounded out to end the inning.

The next inning would be Haviland's last as he wouldn't get through the inning. With two outs, Hanson singled to center. After that Haviland was pulled at exactly 100 pitches. Trey Barham came in and gave up a single to left to De La Osa. Morales singled up the middle to score Hanson. That would be all that the Cougars would give up in the game. Paul Smyth and Daniel Thomas combined to shutout the Snappers for the next two innings following a shutout inning by Barham.

Offensivley the Cougars only had six hits and six runs, the main thing was the free chances that the Snappers gave to the Cougars. Four walks, three errors, and one hit by pitch. Connor Crumbliss had a great night. He walked his first three times up. Doubled home a run in the sixth, then was hit by a pitch in the eigth. In all he reached base all five plate appearances, and saw at least five pitches four of those times. He scored a run and drove home a run.

The first Cougars run came in the third inning when they would put two runs across. Tyler Ladendorf led it off with a triple to right. One out later, Crumbliss walked. One more out later, Steve Parker doubled down the right field line off the wall to score both runners. The amazing thing about that hit was it was one handed.

The next Cougar run came in the fifth inning. Dusty Napoleon led it off by lining one to the centerfield wall. Hicks made a great catch. Crumbliss then walked. Leonardo Gil would hit into a fielder's choice. The only reason it wasn't a double play is because the shortstop bobbled the ball before he transfered it to the second baseman for the out at second. Snappers starter Bruce Pugh then made a bad pick off throw attempt, it went into right field. Gil would make it all the way around to third. Parker singled to right center to bring home Gil.

It was a messy sixth inning for the Snappers as they would give up three runs, and make two errors. Franklin Hernandez led it off by reaching on an error by the third baseman. On the play the ball jumped over his glove down the third base line, Hernandez would make it to second. Amazing things happen, Jeremy Barfield beat out a bunt, for a single. He tried to sacrifice but the bunt was placed perfectly down the first base line. Petey Paramore then hit one up the middle. The second baseman kicked the ball for an error. On the play Hernandez would score and Barfield made third. A wild pitch would bring Barfield home. Two outs later, Crumbliss doubled off the left field wall to bring home Paramore.

Kane County did have two more chances in the game. In the fourth inning, Hernandez led off with a walk, then stole second. Barfield and Paramore both struck out. Ladendorf then lined to left. In the seventh inning with two outs, Hernandez singled to third. Barfield would reach on a dropped third stike. On the wild pitch Hernandez moved to second. Paramore popped up to center to end the inning.

The Cougars made a roster move today. Carlos Arrieche was placed on the disabled list. Paul Smyth was brought up from Vancouver.

Ozzie tried to get a softee baseball into the press box window before the game, and just missed. Oh well,he will hit me sometime with it.

It seemed like it was dead at the Elf tonight, there were maybe 1500 fans there, eventhough the attendence was 2515. There was just no energy.

Tomorrow vs Beloit @6:30
Dan Osterbrock (6-9, 5.42) vs Murphy Smith (0-2, 5.88)

Rotation the rest of the home stand

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